Wireless charging technology for 2017 iPhone models is running late; hardware to be sold separately

Wireless charging technology for 2017 iPhone models is running late; hardware to be sold separately
As Apple iPhone 7 Plus users know, sometimes a new feature runs late and you have to wait for a software update to receive it. That happened with the Portrait Mode that produces the professional looking blurring effect on portraits snapped with the camera, also known as bokeh. The software needed to create the effect didn't ship with the iPhone 7 Plus, and appeared with the first iOS 10.1 beta.

According to tech tipster John Gruber, this could be how Apple will disseminate the necessary software to enable wireless charging on the 2017 iPhone models. In a tweet posted yesterday, Gruber notes that Apple is possibly having issues with the feature and it might not be available until iOS 11.1 is released. The Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus should launch with iOS 11 pre-installed.

Gruber's tweet also mentions that the wireless charging hardware will not be included in the box with any of the three new iPhone models expected to be released later this year. That leaves it up to the consumer to decide whether this is a feature that he/she wants to pay for to employ on the device. Earlier this year, we passed along a rumor that the wireless charging components are being sourced by Apple from Lite-On semiconductors. Apple also has a connection with Energous which led to a rumor that the new iPhone units will be capable of charging wirelessly from a distance of 15-feet. That would be a major improvement over current technology.


source: @gruber via AppleInsider

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65 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sold separately? Hahah apple wants to earn more money. They are 6 years late with wireless charging!

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Pretty sure the hardware they refer to is the charging mechanism, such as Samsung's Wireless charging pad

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doubtful, if the internal portion was ready then so would the external. The likely conclusion is that Apple will release a case with wireless charging capabilities. One thing is for certain, that one idiot that was claiming that Apple will revolutionize wireless charging, AMOLED and in screen FP sensor is probably going to spin this like Fox news on steroids.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7225; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is BS. Apple like to make money off of their accessories. More money in the long run.

43. BuffaloSouce unregistered

That idiot would be Bankz lol

63. Nopers unregistered

Pretty sure it’s going to be internal, a wireless charging case only makes sense for the smart battery case. Yes there needs to be software to control the wireless charging ehich is probably what’s running late.

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Separate hardware is OK But why would it require an OS update a la Portrait Mode? What does that even mean? Like is there gonna be a public beta then a release? Also is Apple finally gonna include a decent charger 5W charger are embarrassingly slow 10W should be the bare minimum at this stage, if not 15W

29. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Pretty sure this isn’t run of the mill gimmick charging pads like we have currently.

32. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

lol sheeple actually thinks that Apple is going to offer superior wireless charging.

33. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You can always expect that mentality from them...SMH

50. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Apples wired chargers already take hours to fully charge an iPhone. Their wireless solution will probably take a day or two.

59. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Takes me about an hour and 10-15 to charge my + with a 2amp charger from Apple. Given that my battery lasts 1.5 days and I charge while I’m asleep, or working, I don’t see the problem. Same went for my LG temp device several years ago.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung doesnt include a wireless charver for their phone in the box either. So i dont consider that a strike. And this new charger probably will take longer to charge if you are at tbat 15ft mark. So it wont even be worth investing for. Because you know Apple is gonna charge $99 for it. While Samsung's fast wireless charger, which charges and S7 edge from zero to 100 in 108 mins, but only cost $70. The 7S is likely just gonna be a iPhone 7 with a faster cpu and sane design foe 4th year, which will push the sheep into buying thw new model instead.

52. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

First of all. How many smartphone brands out there that has wireless charging technology? Does it reach a 100 to be considered as a standard charging technology for all smartphones? Second. Even samsung doesn't include the wireless charging dock in the package. So samsung is also earning more money by selling it as a separate purchase. Third. Apple has an existing functional wireless charging technology. Where do you think the apple watch would charge from? So designing a wireless charging technology is hard you know!

60. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Reported for being too logical. You can’t have that kind of logic around here!!!!!

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Lol apple wtf

3. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Uh oh...you know who's gonna have a stroke after reading this article.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Isn't wireless charging a hardware feature? So how would a software update make it available?

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Its kind of like when iOS 8 or whatever updated the iPhone so it can be charged in the microwave.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

To turn it on?

47. andynaija

Posts: 1256; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Turn what on?

54. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It means the software update is to enable wireless charging in the iPhone.

62. andynaija

Posts: 1256; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I know what you're saying, but if the iPhone doesn't have the hardware for wireless charging, then what is a software update going to enable?

64. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The phone has the hardware, the charging pad won't be out at launch. So, they'll have the hardware inside the phone disabled via firmware.

45. Leo_MC

Posts: 7235; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe just like they updated Bluetooth through software.

6. twens

Posts: 1173; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Disappointments have begun.

7. twens

Posts: 1173; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

8. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

from the first drop camera died the glass was shattered and after 3 crashes the screen was disrupted as usual poor quality known,that why iwill never buy s**tty phone like iPhone, The defect is on sheeple rubbish has no value https://youtu.be/8i4R5xzodfQ

53. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 718; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why are you comparing last years iphone? Clearly. The latest would win. So why don't you compare this years iphone?

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just do the type that's currently available. I'm just not getting any news to get me excited for the iPhone 8.

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